7 held for illegal land mining in Greater Noida

Noida (UP), Jun 28 (PTI) Seven people were arrested in Greater Noida on Sunday allegedly for illegal land mining, Gautam Buddh Nagar police said.

An earthmover (JCB) and a tractor-trolley were also impounded during the mining in a farmland near Khedi Bhanauta village, under the Surajpur police station limits, the police said.

Those held have been identified as Jagvendra, Manoj Kumar, Mahendra Singh, Rajesh Pal, Rambabu Singh, Lalit Kumar and Hari Om, a police spokesperson said.

Except for Hari Om, who is a native of nearby Baghat district, all the accused are local residents, the spokesperson said.

'One more of their accomplice, who has been identified as local resident Rakam Singh, fled the mining spot and search is underway to arrest him,' the official said.

An FIR has been registered at the Surajpur police station under Indian Penal Code sections 379 (theft) and 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), police said.

Provisions under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act have also been invoked in the case, they added. PTI KIS KJ